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Master Bill of Lading (MBL)

Master Bill of Lading (MBL) Definition:

A master bill of lading is a document issued by a carrier consolidating several shipments into a single bill of lading. It also confirms that the carrier has received the shipments.

The master bill of lading consolidates several shipments into a single bill of lading, especially when the goods are from different origins but are going to the same destination. This bill of lading lists the details of the shipment, including the contact information of the shipper and consignee, a description of the shipments, the origin and destination of the freight, the quantity of goods, and individual bill of lading numbers for each shipment.

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